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Household Moving Tips

Preparing For The Move

  • Have a garage sale. Get rid of everything you don't need before you move.
  • Get organized now. Don't wait until the last minute. Make a list of things you need to do and when.
  • Set aside those items that you will be taking with you and clearly mark them as Do Not Pack.
  • Arrange to close your accounts at your local bank and open accounts in your new hometown.
  • Obtain a change-of-address kit from your post office or go to
  • Schedule house cleaning and other home services for the day after loading.
  • Have your utilities shut off the day after loading (gas, electric, telephone, etc)
  • Make your travel arrangements for the day after loading. In case of weather delays or other unforeseen problems, you wouldn't want to miss a flight or other travel-related appointment.

The Week Before The Move

  • Drain the gas and oil from all your power equipment (lawnmower, edger, etc.)
  • Make sure you are ready for the packers and movers. Don't forget to do the laundry, wash the dishes, pack your suitcases, and disconnect computers, and stereos.
  • Before the moving truck leaves for your destination, give the driver your phone numbers where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to get the driver's cell phone number.

Items That Can't Be Moved With A Mover​​

  • Flammable Items
  • Combustible Items
  • Aerosol cans
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Gasoline
  • Plants
  • Paints
  • Ammunitions and Explosives
  • Jewelry
  • Legal Documents (wills, financial papers, insurance documents, etc.)

Moving With Kids

  • Tell your children about the move as soon as possible, so they don't hear about it by accident.
  • Talk with them sharing the details you think they'll understand... Ask and listen to their reactions.
  • Teens react differently than smaller children.
  • Involve your children in all aspects of the move. If possible, include them in the house hunting, planning the move, and other tasks that they can accomplish.
  • Have children help pack a special box with their most treasured items. Let them decorate their boxes so they can be quickly identified.
  • Ask for their input on decorating or arranging things in their new room.
  • Encourage your children to take time to say goodbye to friends and maintain ties by exchanging contact information.
  • Make plans to continue your child's current activities (such as Scouts, sports, dance classes, etc.) in your new community - continuing will make adjusting to the new location much easier.

Moving With Pets

  • Before leaving, schedule a veterinary exam to check your pet's health, obtain copies of vaccination records and a health certificate (if required), update identification tags, and discuss a tranquilizer or precautionary measures for the trip.
  • If traveling by car, make sure to get your pet comfortable with auto travel by taking it on short trips around the neighborhood.
    1. Don't feed your pet for seven hours prior to your trip, pack a container of fresh, cool water, and stop frequently for walks.
    2. If stopping at a hotel overnight, make sure the hotel allows pets. Never leave your pet in the car alone.
    3. Birds and small pets such as hamsters can travel in their cages if the cage can be placed in a stable, well-ventilated area free of drafts (covering the cage while the car is moving often calms an animal).
  • If traveling by air, contact the airline well in advance to check regulations and services.
    1. Consider direct flights to minimize the amount of time your pet will be confined.
    2. Select a portable air-transport kennel that's large enough for your pet to stand and move around a bit.
    3. Let your pet get accustomed to the kennel well in advance of the trip.
  • Don't forget to mark the kennel with "Live Animal", your pet's name, your new address and phone number, and any special handling instructions.
  • After boarding your plane, ask the flight attendant to confirm your pet has been loaded onto the plane.

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